On this site you often hear me refer to DC Infinite Heroes, but aside from a mini review I’ve yet to actually sit down and give one a full review. I highlighted what I felt was the best figure, but I’ve never fully examined a DCIH guy. One of the reasons I mention DC Infinite Heroes is often to compare them to other figures. I feel there is a 3 3/4 figure scale, with GI Joe’s being the bar set for high and DC Infinite Heroes being the bar set for low.

So today I figured I would take a look at one of the better DC Infinite Heroes figures so you could fully examine the suck for yourself. Which is why today I’m reviewing the Manhunter Robot for the DC Infinite Heroes line by Mattel. I consider this to be one of the better figures in the entire line and certainly from the first few waves, so that should give you an indication on just how this line is doing.

The DCIH figure line is a unique one, in that most of the first few waves of figures were squarely directed at JLU collectors. For example, the Manhunter robot was one of the most requested figures in the Justice League Unlimited figure line. Along with guys like Hal Jordan and Gotham City Policemen. Instead of giving us those figures in JLU as had been requested, Mattel in their infinite wisdom used them in the launch of their DCIH line. Hoping that fans would jump onto a new scale and style in hopes of getting their new line off to a successful start.

How did they fair? Well, I don’t think DC Infinite Heroes is a big hit thus far, but they did manage to get some JLU collectors on board. Of course, DC Infinite Heroes has proven to be as hard to get as most Mattel lines with most of the true DCIH collectors forced to order them online. Not because of their popularity though, the things shelf warm pretty bad but because of Mattel’s crack distribution. Let’s see where they went wrong, shall we?

Packaging:
The package by itself isn’t terrible. Mattel sculpted the bubble to appear as a hand, presumably one of the Monitors from their recent DC storylines. The clear bubble hand could also represent your hand as well. With the logo up front and the catch phrase “An army of heroes in your grasp”… It’s catchy if a bit kitschy and reminds me of Pokemon more than DC. Gotta catch em’ all!

The front of the card is pretty nice but the back isn’t as good. While they do prominently display other figures in the series, they don’t tell us anything about the character. They mention a bit about the Monitors who well… Monitor the universe, but every card says that. It’s not exactly a “story”. If you’ve read my other reviews you know I love a package that gives us a story right out the gate.

The file card, if you want to call it that does include some basics. It tells us that this guy is a villain, his strength is a 70 and that he’s a super powered android soldier. But the details are very basic. This would be an exceptional file card if it had a bio. Instead all I know are stats on this character. No idea who or what his purpose is. Does he work for the Joker? Kids will never know. A little bio can go a long way.

Articulation:
These guys have been trounced by the articulation junkies for their paltry articulation. Some of that is a fair piece of ridicule, but they do have a bit more articulation than some figures I suppose. They have ball jointed shoulders, hinged elbows, hinged knees, cut waist and a cut neck. It’s serviceable articulation at it’s most basic.

The problem with the articulation is that most 3 3/4 figures feature a lot of articulation. This guy technically has less articulation than a GI Joe from 1982. Which hurts his overall score. I’m far from an articulation junkie, but I do think he could use some wrist swivels at the very least. He feels more like a M.A.S.K. figure due to the plastic, articulation and small stature than he does a GI Joe. If this was out in the 1980’s you’d think it was made by Remco.

Sculpt:
When it comes to sculpt these guys haven’t been exactly hitting homeruns. However the Manhunter is a nice change of pace. He has a detailed face sculpt that features simple clean cut lines but it looks like the artwork. He has a sculpted neck collar and big gloves and boots that feature unique sculpting on them as well.

Part of the problem with the line overall is that the Manhunter Robot here is one of the BEST sculpted figures in the line. Take a look at that sculpting, because it’s the pinnacle of what the early series’ of Mattel’s DC Infinite Heroes is capable of. That’s where things kind of come apart. If everyone was at this guy’s level or above, you’d have decent sculpting, but when you factor in that he’s the best it let’s you know how bad everyone else is.


Making the Punisher look good.

Manhunter has HUGE hands and feet. His fist is actually bigger than his head. This is by design on the Manhunter figure… But the rest of the DCIH figures also have hands that are like big oven mitts. So while it works for this guy, it doesn’t for everyone else.

His paint is pretty basic with a little slop but it’s not too bad. The paintwork on his body is a little disappointing because the two reds don’t stand out, making some of the paint on the chest nearly invisible. Mattel went with a route to paint more on the designs than sculpt, much like they have with their DC Universe Classics line so you should make sure that the paint stands out. On his back is also an ugly plug where you can see they’ve glued in his neck collar. It’s just fugly, but sadly Mattel does the exact same thing on ALL their DCUC toys so I guess I can’t complain about that. But I don’t like it on DCUC and I sure as hell don’t like it here.

Of all the things you could borrow from DCUC, that’s what you borrow? The gaping plugged hole? Sounds like a movie I rented once. But I digress.

Accessories:
Nothing.

That’s right NOTHING. Nadda, zip. Is this figure huge and big like the Red Hulk? Nope. He’s a regular sized DCIH. So why doesn’t he come with SOMETHING? The best you can do is play with the plastic bubble hand. He does feature a clippable Anti-Monitor point… Which is ONLY redeemable at this year’s SDCC for a small Anti-Monitor. That’s right, you can’t mail away and get the figure. You can’t order him online or in stores… Nope, you have to use these points at the Comic convention.

Yes, okay you can buy him on MattyCollector.com later in limited quantities, but why even have the clip points? Fans expect Pizza Points or Flag Points to lead towards a mail away. SOME sort of incentive. How the flippin’ flip are kids supposed to redeem their points? Oh that’s right, they aren’t obviously. It’s just an epic fail on every level. Even the Nick Fury “mail away” that forces you to buy digital comics is more plausible to kids and most of the universe than this promotion.

Additional Notes:
The real problem with the DC Infinite Heroes line is that nothing works exceptionally. The package is average. The articulation is below average. The sculpts are middle of the road. The price point is too high. Nothing comes together really well and that’s a major issue.

This guy is a true 3 3/4 and he’s one of the bigger figures with the extra neck collar. What does that mean? It means these guys are tiny. It’s not necessarily Mattel’s fault that 3 3/4 has come to mean a bit bigger closer to 4 inches, but it does seem to make them a bit behind with the times. I was hoping the Manhunter could maybe be fudged into my JLU display but it just ain’t happening.

If you only collect this line and don’t want it to be semi compatible with anything else, then you’ll probably be happy. But if you’ve been waiting for 20 years to have a Superman that can save your GI Joes… You better keep waiting. Because if a DCIH Superman shows up, your GI Joes are going to give him a wedgie and kick him to the curb for looking like a doofus.

Value:
This is where DC Infinite Heroes completely falls apart. This guy retails for $6.99 at most stores, but can be priced as low as $4.99 at Target. At $5 it’s not a very good value. At $7 it’s akin to having your first born child beaten with a stick. Honestly the pricing scale is all over the place on these things. Some 3 packs only cost $10 which isn’t too bad of a value. Then at other stores 3 packs cost $16 which is nonsense. Toys R Us has 5 packs for the low price of $50!

The best place to get DC Infinite Heroes is in discount retailers like TJ Maxx where they often go for about $3.99 and surprisingly Mattel is shipping the new figures to those stores at those prices while Target and Walmart are getting some of the older figures and charging twice as much. What is the price of a DCIH? No matter what your answer is, it’s probably too much. These guys should cost $3.50 and that’s that. Anything more than $3.50 is a total ripoff. Don’t let collectors with too much money to spend tell you otherwise.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 6
Sculpting – 6
Articulation – 5
Accessories – Nothing
Value – 4
Overall – 5 out of 10

There you have it. The best DC Infinite Heroes figure out of the first set of guys and he barely cracks a 5. That shows you just how screwed up this line is. With improved sculpting, articulation, packaging and accessories this figure would be worth the price. As is, comparing him even to the WORST Marvel Universe figure (The Punisher) he’s still far behind. If Mattel dropped the price significantly and continued to sell them as is, then maybe they’d be worth it a bit.


“You are so not taking me to trial.”

But even with a price drop, some of the figures look so downright laughable that they aren’t worth a purchase. Captain Marvel, or Shazam, isn’t worth more than a $1 because that’s what he looks like. A dollar store toy. A lot of times you’ll hear collectors say something looks like a “Happy Meal Toy” and usually they’re being an idiot. However most of the DCIH guys do in fact look like they came from a clown meal. And if they did, it’d be a better value.

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